Flying Bird

Kristian Zara is a visual artist that works in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. He was born in Elbasan, Albania, in 1986. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 2006 to 2011. In October 2017, he completed his second MFA at the University of Dundee in Art, Society, and Publics (practice and creative writing). Kristian’s work often deals with exploring human psychic states and its philosophical issues.

Statement of Practice

My artistic research focuses on the psyche expressed though visual manifestation. I use the human figure to express what comes out of reflective processes. I create them in the various compositions and creative forms. 

When I explore the relation between inner and outer worlds, I tend to find myself in a conversation with the unknown. My unexplored self becomes the focus of my own observation, too. In doing so, I come to better understand both of myself and the world around me. Creating each work is a moment of meditation that starts from chaos ending to an ordered whole. The process! 

The work itself changes dramatically during this process, and it’s influenced by emotions, thoughts, memories, and external events. Once the moment of meditation (the process) is complete, the work stands as a statement of the journey itself. By entering to my creative “space”, I often need to allow the mind to wander in to the depths of the unconscious. Here, I find the first source of my creative subjects and processes. 

Exhibitions

Solo
2021 Gjendje të Brendshme, Argonaut Art Factory
2017 MFA Presentation, University of Dundee
2012 Umanita Nostra, Art Zone 42
2011 Metavasis, Athens Art Space
2011 Kristian Zara, Athens School of Fine Arts

Group
2022 No Title, Joung Albania Artists, Tirana
2021 RiArt, Gallery Kalo, Tirana
2021 Salloni i Vjeshtës, Shkodër
2021 DiEM Voice, Online Exhibition
2021 Ngjyrat e politikës, Argonaut Art Factory
2021 Qytet-Qytet, Argonaut Art Factory
2019 Bienale of Self-portrait, Albanian National Museum
2018 Identity, Snt. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh
2018 Polyphonic Murders, Ocean Terminal (Unit 2), Edinburgh
2016 Across Mediterranean, Syn Festival Edinburgh
2014 Alumni Exhibition 2010-2011, Athens School of Arts
2014 On the Road, City Gallery of Saranda, Albania
2012 Athens Matter, Art Zone 42
2012 Why Art Now, Open Show Studio, Athens
2010 Bipolarity and Art (Psyche), Athens School of Fine Arts